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The Bizarre World of Florida

Mower choke control? Man, 71, strangles lawn guy over weeds August 8, 2014

 

An Englewood man has been arrested for battery over the lack of weeding by a lawn service.

 

sfl-flduh-chokes-lawn-guy-weeds-20140807-001According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies met with the victim, the owner of a lawn service business, at a residence in the 6400 block of Thorman Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim told deputies he was hired to mow the lawn at the residence and was in the process of doing so, when 71-year-old Patrick Botelho approached him.

The victim said that Botelho asked him why he wasn’t trimming the weeds from the flower beds. The man said he was not hired to do so, that the home owners had contracted with him to only trim the lawn. Botelho told the victim that the weeds were getting into his lawn and told the victim he had better trim the flower beds.

When the victim declined, Botelho allegedly tried to pull the victim off the mower and grabbed him around the neck, choking him so that he was gasping for breath. Another worker who was nearby trimming around the house saw what was happening and ran toward the two. At that point, Botelho released the victim and went back to his own house

Botelho was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

 

Woman charged with battery after chucking bowl of Ramen noodles, fork at victim August 7, 2014

A Bradenton woman was charged with battery Sunday after deputies say she threw a bowl of Ramen noodles and a fork at another woman during an argument, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-ramen-noodles-fork-20140806-001Alicia Marie Popper, 25, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. Sunday at a mobile home park located along 63rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

According to a report, Popper was using the pool at the victim’s mobile home park. Deputies say Popper was not following the pool rules and that the victim reminded her to not leave her children alone in the pool, not pick head lice while at the pool and not eat at the pool.

Both women began arguing and deputies say Popper then threw her plastic bowl of Ramen noodles and fork at the victim, hitting her in the neck and right arm. According to the report, the victim did not suffer any injuries.

Popper was released from jail Monday on $500 bond.

 

Florida cop fired for taunting hungry inmate with french fries, then threatening to Tase him August 6, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Mental Abuse,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:52 pm

Police-with-Taser-Flickr-creative-commonsA Sanford, Florida police officer was fired after he taunted a jailed inmate with McDonald’s french fries and later threatened the inmate with his service Taser while the inmate washed his patrol car, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Nine-year-veteran Mickey Hinkley was placed on administrative leave when his superiors discovered the incidents on June 4, 2014, but was only fired yesterday after an investigation determined that he had violated departmental policy.

According to police documents obtained by The Sentinel, Hinkley forced inmate Victor Gonzaga Rivera to wash his patrol car. When Hinkley complained that Rivera had not put enough “tire shine” on his wheels, he also activated his service Taser, which caused an afraid Rivera to take off running.

Rivera was not hurt, and Hinkley told investigators that he was merely “testing” his Taser when he turned it on. The investigation also revealed that earlier that same day, Hinkley had taunted Rivera with a bag from McDonald’s that he claimed contained french fries.

“Here’s your food,” he told the hungry inmate, before refusing to give him any.

 

Devante Johnson Accused Of Stabbing Man During Sexual Encounter In Cemetery August 4, 2014

 

A man was stabbed five times by a man he was having sex with in Oakland Cemetery, according to Tallahassee Police.

 

Devante-JohnsonCourt documents say Devante L. Johnson met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

The victim said it was during “sexual activity” that Johnson mentioned the victim’s ex-boyfriend and then started stabbing him.

Court records show that Johnson told the victim “no one would have to worry” about him anymore.

Law enforcement says the victim was able to kick Johnson out of the car and lock the doors. However, Johnson attempted to get back into the car by gaining access through a slightly open window, the victim told police.

The victim was able to escape and drive off, crashing through the cemetery’s fence at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to the police report, there were a total of five stab wound; three to chest and one in each arm.

Surgery was needed for internal injuries due to a punctured lung and lacerated liver, said police.

 

Balls Bar brawl lands on taxi’s hood, ruins watch

Filed under: Abuse,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Fight,OK Then .....,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

A Gainesville man was arrested early Friday morning after police say he got into a fight with another man, brawled on the hood of a taxicab and punched the cabbie after he asked the two men to move.

sfl-flduh-fight-taxi-hood-20140801-001Tristian J. Williams, 29, was leaving [a]the Balls bar at 1716 University Ave. when he and another man started to fight, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

The fight spilled onto the street, and the two men ended up on the hood of an idling taxi, according to the report.

The report states the driver asked the men to move so he could leave, and Williams cursed at the cabbie and punched him in the face several times.

The driver tried to block the punches with his arm, causing his $399 smartwatch to break.

Williams was arrested on a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of battery and property damage. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of a $17,000 bond.

 

You’ve got (no) mail: Man attacked carrier for not receiving mail, cops say July 31, 2014

Police arrested an Ocala man Monday accused of throwing broken furniture at a postal carrier because he didn’t have any mail for him.

sfl-flduh-mail-carrier-attack20140730-001Aaron Bernard Smith, 27, faces charges of burglary, battery and criminal mischief, according to an Ocala Police Department report.

The mailman told Officer Kyle Drawdy that Smith approached the driver’s side of his truck in the 1600 block of Northeast 17th Street. The postal carrier said he tried explaining to Smith that the reason he did not receive any mail was because there was none for him.

The mailman said Smith got angry and struck him with an open fist at least three times on the right arm.

Smith, he said, then walked away from the vehicle, picked up a broken chair or stool and threw it at the mail truck, which is a 1991 Grumman LLV. It struck a left rear panel of the truck.

Drawdy found Smith, and he admitted to the incident, according to the report. A witness told the officer she saw Smith strike the mailman and throw the furniture at the truck.

Court records show Smith has been taken for mental health evaluation under the Baker Act twice, once in May, and once in January 2013.

 

Sounds like this dude sure knows how to raise ‘cane’ — as in sugar

sfl-flduh-machete-granny-diet-20140730-001A 34-year-old man threatened his mother with a machete earlier this week after he blamed her for putting his grandmother in the hospital.

Kevin Bolden was angry because he said his mother Kennetha Bolden had given his grandmother too much sugar, an arrest report shows. Bolden grabbed a machete he had stored behind his bedroom door and told his mother, “(Expletive), I’m going to (expletive) you up with this machete,” the report shows.

Police said Bolden — who lives with his mother and sister at the 900 block of Verdell Street — was also upset because his mother came home from the hospital, then went out to buy herself a soda. The incident occurred after 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Bolden, who was being held Wednesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $7,000 bail, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

 

Something must have really been ale-ing this dude July 29, 2014

An elderly woman hugged and kissed an officer after a 45-year-old man grabbed her, bruised her arm and forced her to go get him more beer.

sfl-flduh-beer-run-20140728-001Kelley G. Ganje went into the victim’s bedroom on July 9 around 11:30 p.m., according to the arrest report. The elderly woman was doing a breathing treatment while she was trying to sleep.

Ganje told the woman he wanted more beer, turned off her breathing machine and grabbed her by her wrist, forcing her out of bed, the report said. When he grabbed her wrist, he caused bruising and bleeding.

The woman was then forced to get dressed and drive to the store to get Ganje beer, according to the report. The officer reported that while talking to the victim, she was “physically shaking and appeared scared” of Ganje.

The woman grabbed the officer “by the neck and hugged, kissed and thanked” him for “protecting her” from Ganje, the report said. The officer wrote that the bruise on the woman’s wrist was large and there was skin missing in the middle of the bruise.

Ganje is charged with battery on a person over 65.

His next scheduled court date is Aug. 19.

 

Confused man sets himself on fire attempting to burn down an occupied home July 28, 2014

A group of South Daytona residents are lucky to be alive after an arsonist lit part of their apartment complex on fire, while residents were home.

News 13 spoke with the woman the arsonist was talking to as he was dousing the complex with gasoline.

Kathy Bailey’s charred front door is being replaced after it was set on fire Saturday morning at the Spanish Villa apartment complex in South Daytona.

downloadBut she and her granddaughter are lucky to be alive after police say Arthur Avery did not find who he was looking for, a man by the name of Ted; a man Bailey says she’s never heard of, which was a response Avery did not like.

“And he just started splashing the gasoline on it. And I said my granddaughter’s in there. And he said you better get her. So I ran in and my other girlfriend who came in from out of town said there’s a child in there. He said I don’t give a damn,” said Bailey.

A grandmother’s instinct kicked in and she ran inside for her granddaughter.

“Grabbed her and went out the back door. Did you get any gasoline on you? Yeah, I did, I was just praying he didn’t light that fire before I could get out of there,” added Kathy Bailey.

The fire burned two front doors, and a mattress, before working its way up higher.

Residents in this apartment complex tell me the flames came all the way to the second floor. One homeowner even saw those flames through the peep hole right here on the second floor.

“It looked like hell just exploded,” said resident Lonna Sampson.

Lonna Sampson is thankful South Daytona firefighters arrived so quickly to put the fire out because her son had no way out the back door of the second story apartment.

“Someone could have burned us all, all of us to death,” added Sampson.

Avery himself is being treated for burns. Witnesses told police then when Avery knelt down to light the fire, he caught fire himself.

Police say Avery rolled on the ground, an act which may have put that fire out, but led to his arrest because he dropped a set of keys and his wallet.

Detectives say Avery was driven by friends to a hospital in St, John’s county but was transferred to Shand’s hospital where he is being treated for his burns.

Meanwhile, Bailey is glad Avery was arrested, but too nervous to return to her apartment.

“I was Petrified. [Probably] the worst thing could ever happen to me cause I’m afraid of fire,” said Bailey.

 

Man Slit Girl’s Throat After She Convinced Mom To Break Up With Him July 25, 2014

A South Florida man accused of slashing the throat of an 11-year-old girl after the child allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Miguel-Ruiz-LoboOn Monday, City of Miami Police announced they had arrested 42-year-old Miguel Ruiz Lobo, the former-live-in boyfriend of Little Havana resident Amauria Alvarenga, after he allegedly killed her daughter, Marta Guzman, and attempted to make it look like a suicide.

On June 22, City of Miami Police responded to reports of an 11-year-old-girl found with her neck slashed at 834 N.W. Fourth St. Guzman was transported to the hospital but would not survive.

The death was originally believed to be a suicide since the young girl had a history of cutting. However, autopsy results revealed the manner of death was homicide.

Speaking with reporters Monday evening, Alvarenga said Ruiz never abused her daughter physically. Instead, she said, the abuse was more emotional in nature, and the sixth-grader convinced her to end her relationship with the suspect.

Friends consoled a tearful Alvarenga as she sat in her apartment and wiped away her tears. Not far from her, the walls of Marta Guzman’s bedroom were peppered with the straight-A student’s framed achievement certificates.

Alvarenga, who has been separated from husband Jose Guzman for five years, said she is grateful the man police said is responsible for her daughter’s murder has been apprehended. “I feel better that they arrested him because that’s what I needed,” she said through a translator. “From the moment I found her, I never thought she committed suicide because I know my daughter.”

Ruiz stated he had no contact with the victim in over a week, but a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed Ruiz entering the victim’s residence and leaving 32 minutes later. In the video, no one else is seen entering the apartment until the girl’s mother arrives and discovers the victim at around 2:28 p.m.

During the investigation, police also noted Ruiz had visible, fresh scratches on his arms and face. Police then submitted Ruiz’s DNA swabs along with the victim’s fingernail scrapings to a lab for testing. Results showed the DNA from the victim’s fingernail scrapings matched Ruiz’s DNA.

Police said Ruiz attempted to use the girl’s history of self-mutilating as a cover up for the murder. They also said he was not allowed at the girl’s residence but used a key to enter the apartment and slit the child’s throat as revenge after she allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him. The mother immediately believed Ruiz was responsible for the girl’s death.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said, “It all stems from the little girl and her mother did not get along with Mr. Ruiz, who was the boyfriend of the mother, and eventually the little girl convinced mom to break up with Mr. Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was not happy about it. He returned to the house when the girl was alone. He used a key that he knew the whereabouts of the key, and we believe he entered and killed the young lady.”

Police said Marta Guzman fought back, but was unsuccessful with her assailant standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. “It’s unspeakable,” said Orosa. “We believe that he subdued her quickly, and during that time is when she was able to get in a few scratches on his face and on his arms. He’s such a huge monster of a man that could control her easily, and eventually he did and killed her. There were other signals of multiple puncture wounds that she had. He knew that she had cut herself previously.”

Alvarenga said she knew in her heart her ex- was the killer. She just needed investigators to prove it.

Alvarenga added her daughter’s death is not only a huge loss for her family, but for the community where she lives, many of whom are from Honduras. “I would have given my life for her,” she said.

The 11-year-old’s father said he is devastated. “It’s not easy. I cry every night, every day, anytime,” said Jose Guzman, who added he wants the maximum sentence handed down to Ruiz.

Ruiz has been charged with first-degree murder.

 

 
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